Bermuda Celebrates Record-Breaking Cruise Season Opening in 2024

The Ministry of Transport is pleased to announce that the first quarter of 2024 has marked a milestone for Bermuda’s cruise tourism industry. Bermuda proudly welcomed an unprecedented number of visitors during this period.

Minister Furbert said, “A total of 14 cruise ship calls between January and March, brought an estimated 43,114 passengers. This quarter’s visitor numbers are exceptional and reflect Bermuda’s enduring appeal as a premier cruise destination. This sets a new benchmark for the hospitality sector and a promising start to the traditional busy cruise season. ”

Minister Furbert added, “Looking ahead, Bermuda anticipates hosting approximately 578,000 passengers throughout the year, projecting a substantial revenue forecast of $172.4 million from passenger and crew expenditures, and an estimated $26.4 million in passenger taxes, $12 million in transport infrastructure taxes, $7.7 million in visitor fees, and $10.2 million, for a total of estimated economic activity of $228.7 million dollars into Bermuda’s economy underlining the economic vitality generated by our cruise sector.

“In April, we anticipate 22 scheduled cruise ship calls, with an estimated 66,326 visitors expected to arrive, provided there are no cancellations. Despite facing early winter storms, Bermuda has demonstrated resilience and strength, solidifying its position as a preferred cruise destination.

Today, Tuesday 2 April through Thursday, 4 April,  we welcomed the inaugural call of the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection ‘Evrima’ docking in the City of Hamilton. This brand is leading the way for a new era of ultra-luxury cruising. This call is a homeporting visit whereby 238 guests will disembark on Thursday morning between 6 am and 10 am. Approximately 228 guests will arrive by air to Bermuda to join the ship for departure on Thursday.  The No. 5 carpark on Front Street will be used for the disembarkation and embarkation process.   

Minister Furbert concluded, “As I stated in the House of Assembly on 8 December 2023, Bermuda has not only weathered the storms but has emerged stronger. As we continue into the remainder of 2024, Bermuda remains committed to providing an exceptional cruise experience, ensuring every visitor leaves with unforgettable memories of our stunning island paradise.”

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